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"I have great respect for Native people who change their lives by moving to DC to work. I know the hardships of leaving family to go East."

Naomi Kasto
Cheyenne River Sioux/United Tribes Technical College

The Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) program has been suspended. The information below is intended for archival purposes only.

The Program of Study

In addition to the full-time internship, WINS students are required to take classes at American University. The required internship seminar complements the full-time professional experience by eliciting reflection and analysis. In the internship class, students may discuss such topics as career development, leadership, politics, and communication.

Faculty, who are experts in the latest theoretical and practical areas of their fields, teach through lectures, discussions, relevant readings, writing, and research projects. Guest speakers enhance discussion and student learning. WINS summer enrollment ranges from 50-85 students. During the summer, students are enrolled in two classes: a 3-credit internship class and a 3-credit policy course. Topics have included:

  • Government policies during the early contact period
  • Federal policy eras
  • Education
  • Health issues
  • Economic development: gaming and beyond
  • Contemporary issues affecting indigenous Peoples

Course Credit: Advancing Students Toward Home School Degrees

In addition to the full-time internship during the day, students attend classes during the evening. Each WINS student receives 6 credit hours for the summer program. American University sends a transcript to each student's home school so that credits and grades are acknowledged. The credit may be transferred toward the student's degree program.